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Alabama QB Jacob Coker adds Iron Bowl win to his belt

Cedric Mason- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

He came to Alabama as an outsider, a Florida State transfer looking for a fresh start.

Crimson Tide quarterback Jacob Coker has been re-writing his story all season, and Saturday will add a new chapter. The senior guided Alabama to a 29-13 win over Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the Iron Bowl.

Coker completed 17 of 26 passes (65.4 percent) for 179 yards with one touchdown and no turnovers. He avoided sacks, totaling 13 rushing yards on three carries. Coker targeted both ArDarius Stewart and Calvin Ridley, with Stewart bringing in a 34-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. His athleticism created a big play in Coker’s ability to avoid both defensive ends Carl Lawson and Byron Cowart, resulting in his aerial strike to Stewart in the end zone. Coker now has 2,285 passing yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

Regardless of a few questionable throws, Coker seemed to bounce back with an on target pass when Alabama needed it. He becomes the fifth quarterback under Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban to defeat Auburn.

Coker and Alabama will face Florida next week for a Southeastern Conference title in Atlanta. 

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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